Big thank you to Winery Reflections for this incredible review of our 2015 Lytle-Barnett Brut!
"Lemon pith, salted brioche, underripe Barlett pear. Rainier cherry, dried straw, white nectarine. An impressively complex and contemplative display highlighted by citrus zest, yellow apple, and peach pit radiates with elegant yet nervy charm as waves of intense yet impossibly soft evervescence delicately cascade into frame. Streaks of chalk, crushed gravel, and saline minerality rapidly make their presence felt in a rush of captivating earthiness that is offset only slightly by provocative autolytic notes of sourdough and buttered croissant. Wafts of dandelion and daffodil gently impart a range of understated floral character that gracefully intersects with a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg. Impressively multidimensional and layered on the palate while retaining exceptional precision, energy, and bite; exhibiting a pristine and perfectly balanced presentation that is alluring and approachable yet captivatingly serious. Medium bodied and bursting with high acidity. This 2015 Brut by Lytle-Barnett is a phenomenally poised and pretty sparkling wine from the Willamette Valley.
Although sparkling wine can be made from virtually any wine grape in existence, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are widely regarded as the two highest quality varieties on the planet to make bubbly from thanks to their unique combination of complexity, elegance, and verve. This bottling, crafted by Lytle-Barnett using 67% Pinot Noir/33% Chardonnay grown in Oregon's Willamette Valley, is an extraordinary example of how these two legendary grapes can come together to shape downright fantastic sparkling wine. This boasts an energetic yet incredibly characterful fruit profile led by citrus, stone, and orchard fruits, and it compliments them with bready autolytic notes, chalky minerality, and mild baking spices. The 3 years this spent on its lees plus the additional year it spent aging under cork before release have served to add additional development and depth, and have helped shape one of the most impressive Brut sparkling wines made in the USA. Wow.
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